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Creation Date: July 12, 2013
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Title: Perry news-herald
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Language: English
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Creation Date: July 12, 2013
Publication Date: 08-30-2013

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Coordinates: 30.114444 x -83.5825 ( Place of Publication )

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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 29, no. 32 (Oct. 9, 1958)-
General Note: William E. Griffin, editor.

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Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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issn - 0747-0967
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At least one member of Perrys Code Enforcement Board is prepared to ght the city councils recent proposal to dissolve the board and replace it with a special magistrate. Tonya Holton said Tuesday night she is working on an afdavit that would challenge the citys action to dissolve the board and could lead to a citywide vote on the issuea move that could wind up costing city taxpayers as much as $25,000. Speaking during the councils regular meeting, Holton asked for clarication on the process outlined in the city charter regarding referendums. I want to make sure were doing it properly. Ive read the charter and from my understanding we cant le the afdavit until after you (the council) vote on the issue, Holton said. Mayor Daryll Gunter asked Holton to speak with City Manager Bob Brown. He is on vacation, but Im sure he can answer all that when he gets back, Gunter said. How many signatures do I need to get? And I have to wait until a decision has been made to le my afdavit? Holton queried. Newly-appointed City Attorney Ray Curtis said he was awaiting an updated copy of the city charter and could not address the issue directly. Gunter asked Curtis to check into the issue and contact Holton with the ndings. Just get with Bob, Im sure he can help, Gunter said. Just to be clear, youre asking me to do legal research to determine the proper processthe city will be paying me to do legal research for Mrs. Holton? Curtis asked. No, youll be doing it for the council because we need to know. It should all be there in the charter, Gunter said. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we appreciate the response Im not certain tonight, but Ill research it and get back to you rather than just saying I think Councilman Don Cook said, referring to Curtis. Holton also spoke on the issue when additional questions were brought to the council from of citizens. Laura Giddens asked, My understanding is the code enforcement board is being dissolved? Has that not happened yet? I was under the assumption they were a volunteer board? Is that incorrect? Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayAugust 30-31, 2013 Index Two section 124th Year, No. 34www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday92 73 50%Saturday91 73 Sunday89 72 50% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 50% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . ........... A-10 News Forum On plan to dissolve board Code Enforcement rep. challenges city council Inside todayThe Taylor County High School Bulldogs will kick off the 2013 season tonight (Friday) when they travel to Cross City for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Dixie County. For more information about this years squad, see our special Kick-off supplement in todays edition.Win tickets to UF/ FSU football gameThe Perry Rotary Club is offering chances to win two tickets to the UF/FSU football game to be played Saturday, Nov. 30, in Gainesville. The tickets are Champions Club seating (valued at $700 total) and include game day buffet and snacks at half-time. The winner will also receive a $50 voucher for gas. Tickets are available for a $5 donation. The drawing will be held at the club meeting on Nov. 19. Proceeds will benet the Perry Rotary Clubs community activities.Library will be closed on Saturday, MondayThe Taylor County Public Library will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. The library will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 3.Master Gardeners welcome special guest TuesdayTaylor Countys Master Gardeners have scheduled a special guest speaker for Tuesday, Sept. 3. Barbara Hines, a registered professional archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will present a program on Native American Use of Plants. She will discuss the many native plants in the area and the uses that the Native Americans had for these plants on a daily basis. The program begins at 2 p.m. at Forest Capital Hall and is open to the public at no charge.Senior Center to hold book sale todayThe Taylor County Senior Citizens Center will hold a book sale today (Friday), starting at 8 a.m. Readers are invited to come shop for used books at great prices. The sale will be held at the center, located on West Ash Street.City announces Labor Day scheduleThe City of Perry has announced its garbage collection schedule for the Labor Day holiday: receive service on Tuesday. will receive service on Wednesday. It will be regular service for Thursday and Friday customers. BIG BEND POPULATION CHANGESGadsden County .......................................... 2.4% Liberty County ............................................ 1.8% Taylor County ................................... 1.5% Leon County ................................................ 0.8% Madison County .......................................... 0.0% Wakulla County ........................................... 0.0% Franklin County ......................................... -0.2% Dixie County .............................................. -0.8% Jeerson County ....................................... -1.9% Lafayette County ....................................... -2.3%The Population Program produces Floridas ocial city, county and state estimates each year. It also produces population projections by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin for the state and each county. -4.5 to -0.99 0.0 to 0.49 0.59 to 0.99 1.0 to 1.99 2.0 to 7.3Population Change from 2010 to 2012 Taylor County was one of the fastest growing counties in the region from 2010 to 2012, based on a population study released earlier this year by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR). According to the gures, Taylor County grew by 1.5 percent (or 328 people) from the 2010 Census through April 2012, while all of its neighbors populations either fell or stayed level during the same period. BEBR, which was founded in 1929 and is part of the University of Florida, produces Floridas ofcial state and local population estimates and projections. These estimates and projections are used for distributing state revenuesharing dollars to cities and counties in Florida and for budgeting, planning and policy analysis by state and local government agencies, businesses and the public. Most of the estimated population growth here occurred in the unincorporated area of the county, with 308 new people estimated outside the city limits of Perry and 20 new people within the city. According to BEBRs population estimates, during the study period, Lafayette Countys population fell by 2.3 percent (207 people), Jefferson Countys population fell by 1.9 percent (283 percent), Dixie Countys population fell by 0.8 percent (124 people) while Madison Countys population stayed level. In the entire Big Bend region, only Gadsden and Liberty counties had a higher population rate increase over the study period. By comparison, Leon Countys population grew by 0.8 percent. According to BEBR, its estimates are produced using the housing unit method, in which changes in population are based on changes in occupied housing units (or households). Study nds Taylor County is growing Please see page 3 Local rivers are dropping once again, but water levels remain high around the county, lling ditches, creeks and some low-lying areas. Taylor County Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the situation with rain chances forecast to increase over the holiday weekend. Both the Steinhatchee River and the Econna River crested last weekend and have been receding since, with the Steinhatchee dropping almost two feet and the Econna dropping about a foot in the past week. Water levels remain high through much of the county after two months of heavy rainfall. Please see page 5Water levels remain high ...thats the exact reason why I brought that (a special magistrate) up. We need to have an impartial board.~ Mayor Daryll Gunter

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A-2 Perry News-Herald August 30-31, 2013 Looking Back Perry News-HeraldPerry, Florida 123 S. Jefferson Street (850) 584-5513 The Perry News-Herald (ISSN 07470967) is published each Friday by Perry News papers, Inc., 123 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida 32347. Subscriptions are $35.00 per year or $49.00 out of county. Periodicals postage paid at Perry, Florida 32348. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Perry News-Herald, P.O. Box 888, Perry, FL 32348. and views on the news. Please submit letters by Monday at 5 p.m. The Taco Times reserves the right to refuse publication of letters which are libelous or irresponsible. Name may be withheld if circumstances so require, but all letters submitted should We look forward to hearing from you! Our address is Perry, Newspapers, Inc., P.O. Box 888, Perry, Florida 32348. e-mail: newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comMember Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 888 DONALD D. LINCOLN Publisher SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing EditorANGELA M. CASTELUCCIStaff Writer/Advertising Sales DEBBIE CARLTON Business Manager CAROLYN DuBOSE Advertising Director MICHELE ARNOLD Graphic Arts MARK VIOLA Staff Writer TAMMY KNIGHT 2013 Perry Newspapers Inc. August 30-31, 2013 The dream is still alive. Fifty years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous I Have a Dream speech during the August 1963 march on Washington. Dr. King, who was the last speaker that day, had not planned to speak on his dream until gospel singer Mahalia Jackson urged him to during the middle of his speech. Taking Ms. Jacksons advice, King veered away from the speech he had prepared and began to talk about the dream he had of a nation where individuals will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Dr. King is not here to see how he, and others like him--both black and white--helped change Americas views on racial equality. I am certain though that he would be proud of how far weve come toward fullling those dreams. Many Americans, like myself, are not old enough to remember the Civil Rights struggle. What we know about this horric time in American history comes from the movies we watch, the books we read, and of course, from the tales told by the people who lived through it. I was born during the Civil Rights Era, however, I wasnt old enough to understand the issues my mother, father, grandparents and other African-Americans were facing at the time. When I attended Jerkins School as a kindergartener, I did not know the difference between segregation and integration. I just saw Jerkins as my school. Not my segregated school. My mother did tell me why there were no white children at my school, but at age ve, I could not understand why There are two kinds of schools. black schools and white schools. Today, when I pass by Jerkins, I can still see the building as it was during my kindergarten year. But, unlike when I was attending Jerkins, now I understand why there were schools for black students and one for white students. America has come a long way since Dr. King delivered his famous speech, and most older Americans can see how this dream has changed America. However, many younger Americans, especially in our black communities, have lost sight of the dream. They dont realize how many Americans--black and white--struggled, and even died, so that they could have access to a quality education. When I see young black children, who should be attending school but dont, I wonder if they know how hard the struggle was for them to have the educational opportunities that are now available. Do they know how important an education is to their future? I have received more than my share of raised eyebrows when I start talking to these youngsters about education. I tell them that I was part of the last class to enter Jerkins School, so every class of students younger than I am, has attended integrated schools that offer equal educational opportunities to all students. However, many of these students have failed to take advantage of these opportunities and for various reasons. Some students do not have parents who demand that they attend school and that they do their best. Some students cannot foresee the value of getting a good education. And some local black students have complained about the lack of African American and minority teachers in our local schools. I agree that this is a problem. When schools the size of our local schools employ 20 or more instructors and only one or two of those instructors are African-American or minorities there is denitely a problem. When I mentioned this to one local educator, her response was, They say that they cant nd African-American teachers. Because of Taylor Countys close proximity to Florida A & M University, which has an excellent teacher education program, our schools should not have a problem attracting qualied AfricanAmerican teachers. Having worked at Florida A & M University, I know that the county school system could do a lot more when it comes to recruiting African-American teachers from the university. In other areas of employment, the countys minority workforce has fared better. Larger companies, like Buckeye, have instituted diversity programs that ensure the company has a diverse workforce. The same cant be said for some smaller, privately owned companies. Or when it comes to minorities employed in leadership capacities in city and county government. Taylor County has come a long way, and Im proud of the efforts and strides we have made toward fullling the dream of living in a world free of discrimination and bigotry. But there is still some work to do. Lets keep the dream alive. Still some work to do BULLDOG DEFENSE! Starters on the 1978 Taylor County High School defensive line were pictured on sports page. They included: Don Horne, Mike Miller, Billy Davis, Skip Poppell, Dwight Chesser, Allendale Campbell, Lamar Matthews, Pat Sullivan, Gary Bowden, Chuck Ellison, Gene Johnson and Steve Holton. Coach Elmer Coker was guest speaker at the Perry Rotary Club, noting that the Bulldogs look good on paper but may struggle with depth problems.W. C. BLUE LEAVES HIGHWAY PATROLWith 14 years on the road, W. C. Blue announced his intention to move his focus from cars to cows. He resigned as a Florida Highway Patrolman and took a job as livestock inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture.WHATS SHOWING?Harper Valley P.T.A. was the featured attraction at Graves Drive-In for four big nights.PRETTY FACESFour candidates for the upcoming Forest Festival Queen Pageant were featured on front page: Jogie Brown, Lesli Beatty, Duwanna Courtney and Lisa DAntonio.POLITICAL ADS WERE PROLIFICAs the election neared, polling places were identied and platforms outlined. In this weeks edition, Walter Edwin Hendry announced his candidacy for county commissioner, district 2, (advertisement paid for by Campaign Treasurer June Hendry) as did W. D. Wilson Jr. reminding voters, Remember, the qualications of the candidate determine the quality of government.WEDDING BELLSMarilyn Meissners engagement to Ricky Odom was announced in this edition, with an Oct. 14 wedding planned. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie F. Vann announced the engagement of their daughter, Lynn, to Ballard Aman, with plans for an October wedding underway. Amy Rebecca Montgomery and John Edward Maguire married in the First Presbyterian Church on Aug. 10, which is the same day that Connie Foreman became the bride of Jerry Lewis Mann.ONE BABYOne birth announcement was featured in this weeks edition. Bill and Judi Haworth announced the birth of their son, Julian Brad on Aug. 13 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 7.5 ounces.CITIZENS BANK OPENS BRANCH IN STEINHATCHEECitizens Bank announced the opening of its Steinhatchee branch on Sept. 5. The grand opening would feature gifts for everyone at the new location on Hwy. 50, next to the Jiffy Food Store. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD August 31, 1978 Quotable Quotes Logging crew?The Taylor County Historical Society welcomes the donation/sharing of historical photos, like the one shown above. The identity of the loggers and crew members is not known, however, one resident shared that her family had a similar dual-wheel rig that was used for snaking logs out of the woods/ swamp. We didnt lose the game; we just ran out of time. --Vince LombardiIf a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.--George Brett, 1986The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.--Author UnknownGettin good players is easy. Gettinem to play together is the hard part.--Casey StengelA group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. --Norman Shidle Lee Cypress, under waterWhile recent heavy rains may feel like ood conditions are next, they dont compare to the drenching the city took in the 1950s, which put entire neighborhoods under water. Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE

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A-3 Perry News-Herald August 30-31, 2013 BEAT They are paid, Gunter replied. No the charter reads volunteer board, not a salary, Holton said. But you are compensated, Gunter said. We are reimbursed. We are not a paid board. We are not an employee of the city, Holton said. But you are compensated, Gunter said. For expenses, Holton replied. Its a stipend, City Finance Director Penny Staffney said as a point of clarity. A special magistrate will be paid by the city? Giddens asked. Yes, Gunter answered. For some reason I have a problem with that being fairfair to those having to appear, Giddens said. The magistrate will have to follow the law and will be held to following the law, Gunter said. A magistrate being paid by the city is going to side with the city every time, Holton argued. I happened to be the special magistrate for the county and I can say that one out of about every three (rulings) is against the county. It is based on the law and the facts. I suspect if you get a magistrate who is not doing that, you will fully ll this room with citizens demanding the council take action. If the council votes to initiate this process and if a particular attorney is selected as a magistrateand we dont know who that is going to bemaybe you should wait to impugn their integrity until they make a decision that is not in line with the law, Curtis countered. The discussion abated at that point, but resurfaced only minutes later when local resident Michael Harris appeared before the council to discuss complaint notices he has received regarding piles of debris at his home on Dogwood Way. I am working on it every night, cleaning it up. Why do they keep ling complaints if they see me out there steadily working? Harris said. Unfortunately citizens have the right to come in and le a formal complaint, Gunter. This is my third complaint. What happens if they keep complaining? Harris said. Then it keeps going forward and will go before the Code Enforcement Board. We (the city council) wont hear it, Gunter said. So sign our petition against a special magistrate, Holton interjected. While her comment drew laughs from some audience members, the council did not join them. That was inappropriate and thats the exact reason why I brought that (a special magistrate) up. We need to have an impartial board, Gunter said. Later in the meeting, the council had the introduction and rst reading of Ordinance #930 entitled: An ordinance of the city of Perry providing for the option of a special magistrate for code enforcement hearings. Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton offered the only comment on the ordinance: Im against it. I have condence in the board. Im sure Mr. Curtis can direct them if they have questions. I feel it is not right for the citizens. I think if they have their peers to rule on whatever the city might do (nes, action, etc.), Im thinking its best for the citizens. Im against it. For the sake of clarity, I think I understand what you are saying, but I cannot direct them. If they have questions about the process I can certainly answer, but they run the show, Curtis said. A nal public hearing on the ordinance will be held Thursday, Sept. 12. Contacted Thursday, Staffney explained how the stipend for the board members is paid. Members of the Code Enforcement Board also serve as the citys Planning & Zoning Board. They are paid $25 (per member) for their service on code enforcement and $50 (per person) for planning/ zoning. The chairs of each board (which are different individuals) receive an additional $25 each. So its a stipend, not reimbursement. They turn nothing in (expenses, etc.) for reimbursement. So budget wise, youre talking about $5,100 a year. I checked with Ray (Curtis) and asked what the countys compensation was for the special magistrate position and he said about $4,000 a year. So really, if the code enforcement stipend goes away, youre talking about an additional cost of about $2,000 to have a magistrate, she said. On the other side of the issue, if the council approves the ordinance dissolving the code enforcement board--and Holton pursues an afdavit to obtain the required number of signatures needed to have the council address the issue--costs could quickly escalate. Under the city charter, it would take 100 qualied voters to initiate referendum proceedings. Once those signatures were secured, those 100 voters would be tasked with obtaining the signatures from at least 10 percent of the total number of qualied (city) voters. Once that was completed, the council could be required to reconsider the ordinance; if it failed to repeal the ordinance, then a special election would be held to allow citizens to have the nal say. Supervisor Dana Southerland said Thursday that the current number of registered city voters is 4,184. So 10 percent of that would be 418, she said. The cost of holding a special election--which would be paid for by the city--could be $20,000 to $25,000, Southerland said. Our next regular election will be held in August 2014. If they were to hold a special election, we would need at least a 90-day window, she said. Under the charter guidelines, if voters petition for a special election, the city would have no less than 30 days and no more than 180 days to hold an election.Counterfeit bills in circulation here CODE ENFORCEMENT Continued from page 1 Special election could cost city taxpayers up to $25,000 Taylor Countys jobless rate continues on upward trend Taylor Countys unemployment rate stayed mostly level in July, edging up slightly to 7.9 percent. The countys rate was up half a percentage point from the years low of 7.4 percent recorded in April but still well below the 9.1 percent which greeted the new year in January. It is also signicantly lower than the July 2012 rate of 9.5 percent. Taylor had the 22nd highest unemployment rate among Floridas 67 counties in July, with 769 people unemployed and 8,979 employed, according to gures released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) earlier this month. Among Taylors neighbors, Madison County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, followed by Dixie County at 9.5 percent. Below Taylor were Lafayette at 7.2 percent and Jefferson County at 6.3 percent. Madison and Lafayette counties saw slight jumps in their unemployment rates in July with Dixie and Jefferson counties remaining level. For the month, Hendry County had the highest rate in the state, jumping more than four percentage points over the past two months to 15.5 percent, while Monroe County once again boasted the lowest with 4.2 percent. Floridas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in July, holding steady over the month, but down 1.6 percentage points from 8.7 percent a year ago. The states May, June and July rates were the lowest since September 2008 when it was 7.0 percent. There were 665,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,404,000. The U.S. July unemployment rate was 7.4 percent. Floridas unemployment rate was below the national rate for the fth consecutive month. The Perry Police Department (PPD) reports it has received a number of complaints regarding counterfeit bills in circulation here. Ofcials remind local merchants to take precautions when accepting bills and to look for the proper bill markings. On Monday, Washington Monthly ranked North Florida Community College (NFCC) second among national community colleges in its ninth annual college rankings survey. Four other Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the list: Chipola College, Miami Dade College, Valencia College and South Florida State College. North Florida Community College is honored to be among the top community colleges in the nation, said NFCC President John Grosskopf. Our strong commitment to educating students from all walks of life is reected in these rankings. I could not be more proud of our college and its dedicated faculty and staff. This honor recognizes the Florida College Systems commitment to both access and highquality education, said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. I commend our colleges for their ongoing efforts to serve the needs of our state. Using data from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and U.S. Department of Education, Washington Monthly rates community colleges in a number of areas, including collaborative learning, student effort, academic rigor, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. Retention, graduation and completion rates are also factored into the rankings. According to Washington Monthlys editors, We designed the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate and dont charge them an arm and a leg to attend. These rankings are especially important because they highlight the systems mission of providing access to lowcost, high-quality education and job training, said Hanna. I am extremely proud of all of our colleges for helping prepare Floridians for high-skill, high-wage jobs. For more information, view Washington Monthlys rankings. NFCC ranked second best in the nation Students needed for re ghter class Registration for a Fireghter I class at North Florida Community College has been extended. The start of the program has been delayed until the required number of students have registered. Openings remain available and interested students should contact the college or local instructor R.B. Lee for additional information. Find us online: www.perrynews papers.comA magistrate being paid by the city is going to side with the city every time.~ Code Enforcement Board Member Tonya Holton

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A-4 Perry News-Herald August 30-31, 2013 Living Martha Bethea and Bill Parker announce the engagement of their daughter, Tammy Bethea, to Richard Allen Porter of Perry, the son of Ethelle Porter. The bride is also the daughter of the late Colin Bethea. She is a 1990 graduate of Taylor County High School and works for the Taylor County School District. Her grandparents, all deceased, include Maude and Tom Ward, and Melba and Loundis Bethea. The couple will be married on Nov. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. in Crosspoint Baptist Church with a reception following. No formal invitations will be issued to the ceremony; all friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. At CrosspointBethea, Porter to wed in November 5 adoptions needed for Character Education Now Back to school always brings new challenges for Paul Nawlin, as the Character Education Now program continues to maintain a presence in the Taylor County School District. The good news is that Nawlin and his organization have secured Adopt-A-Grade commitments for K-12 grades, although a few more are needed. We need two more organizations in order to cover Taylor County High School and one more to extend the program to Taylor Technical Institute, Nawlin said. He also hopes for two more organizations for the transportation department and another for the administrative complex. We are grateful to Capital City Bank and Debbie Bassett for adopting kindergarten; to the Rotary Club and President Sondra Shaw for adopting rst grade and Lakeside Baptist Church (Darrell Jones) for taking second grade, he said. Nawlin expressed appreciation to the Kiwanis Club for signing up to adopt the third grade, to the Assembly of God for committing to the fourth grade and First Baptist Church (Rick Patrick) for adopting the fth grade. Grades 6-8 were adopted by Cornerstone Fellowship with Amy Sherrer and Libby Denmark handling the details. Grades 9-10 have been adopted by Faith Baptist Church (Merilyn Green) and Northside Church (Rodney McKinley). We need people who are willing to make a difference in our schools. If you can volunteer or contribute toward our expenses, please take a moment to contact me at 843-0646 or e-mail paul.nawlin@taylor.k12..us. Richard Allen Porter, Tammy Bethea Thomas and Chastity Gunter announce the birth of their daughter, Holland Carolee, on Aug. 22, 2013, at 1:49 p.m. in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Carol Taylor. Maternal greatgrandparents are Patricia Wigglesworth, Billy Wigglesworth, Nina Taylor and the late Junior Taylor. The babys paternal grandparents are Tom and Carol Gunter. Paternal greatgrandparents include Verdie Gunter, the late Eustis Gunter, James Roberts and Margaret Roberts. The new arrival was welcomed home by a brother, Trace. Huge yard sale slated next weekendBy FLORRIE BURROUGHS The Little Miss Shady Grove Contest is underway. Be sure to register your beauty and get in on all the fun. (And remember the good cause!) Funds will be used for the community and to fund the volunteer re department. Forms are available at Rockys Shady Grove Store. The deadline has been extended. For information call Wendy Slaughter, 8383146. Fish fry The Shady Grove Citizens Council will have a sh fry and silent auction on Sept. 21, at the Community Park beginning at 12 noon. Be sure to get your tickets for the Mossberg Model 500 12-Gauge Shotgun with wood grain 28 vented barrel. Tickets are $1.00 and can be purchased at Rockys Store Shady Grove (and Rockys on Hwy. 98 West) and Perry Pawnbrokers. Also each council member has tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 21 at the Fourth Annual Shady Grove Country Christmas. The gun can be seen at Perry Pawn; you could win! The Shady Grove community is holding a large yard sale on Thursday, Sept. 5, Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, near the Community Park. There is no charge to set up; if you are interested please call Squeaky for more information --8434974.Holland Carolee welcomedHolland Carolee Gunter Juanita Worthy and Joey Ratliff remind friends and relatives of their wedding Saturday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, with a reception following. Worthy, Ratliff marry Aug. 31

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A-6 Perry News-Herald August 30-31, 2013 Religion Reunion Saturday in Church of God social hallThe Lee Thomas Carlton Family Reunion is planned for Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10:30 a.m. in the social hall of Perry Church of God. Family members and friends are encouraged to gather for this annual event and asked to bring a covered dish to share.TIDBITS:Check your attitude, check your thinking, check your hatBy SARAH HALL Special Prayers: Our Lord, Almighty God, we know you hear and answer prayers: Ron King (home), Tyon Fifa (TMH), Min. Nadine Mango (home), Leroy McBride (home/Tampa), Thelma Fletcher (home), Wille White (home), Hendry Irvine (TMH), James Alton Greene (home), Leon Whetsel (home), Betty Lee Hughes (knee surgery), Iris Wells (Marshall Rehab), Lillie Cooper (California/Rehab), Tyler Ware (home), Lelia Rhines (home) and Helen Irvine (Mayo Rehab).Transforming Our LifeIf out thinking is Christlike, then we will see people as equally worthy, not existing in a caste system (i.e. a social status based on heredity) where powerlessness and second class status are permanent states. When we raise our level of thinking, we begin to see the beauty in differences. An orchid is beautiful, but a daisy or zinnia or wild ower is just as beautiful in its own way. When we transform our thinking we transform our attitudes. (Excerpts from National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. -The Mission)AttitudesDo you have an attitude of being of service to others? Do you have an attitude of humility? Do you have an attitude to impress others? Do you have an envious attitude? Do you have a trusting attitude? Do you posses an attitude of power? Do you have the attitude of doing things for the right reason? Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do you have and attitude of delight? A negative attitude will cause you to miss many blessings. A positive attitude shines brightly wherefore you go.Hats off to three winners!Everybody was up and running, Thursday, Aug. 22. The Senior Center was busy-busy-busy. All eyes were on everyones hat. The spirit of excitement was all over the center. We had hats worn in the Bahamas, hats that have been on the front line in Vietnam, other patriotic hats and even designer hats from exclusive shops! If youre wondering whats going on, well it was the Annual Hat Day at The Senior Center. Guess what? All our men had on hats too! Our theme this year was, The Mystery of Hats. You never know which hat to wear, until you put it on! Our judges had quite a time, making their selection. First prize went to Cathrine Bine, whose presentation was Sundays Best. Second prize went to Frances Zokar for her Beautiful Hat. The third prize went to Jo Dalton for her patriotic hat. The winner for our men was Denver Painter, for his unusual hat. Our thanks go to Coordinator and Activity Director, Jumelia Holton, our judges, kitchen staff, refreshment committee, our special guests and Director Beth Flowers. Precept turns focus to Matthew, invites all women in communityThe next Precept study, which is open to all women in the community, will feature the book of Matthew exploring The King and His Kingdom, a study of Jesus, king of all kings The study begins on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The morning class will gather in the First Baptist Church Student Center at the corner of Green and Orange Streets. The night class will be held at the annex located on the corner of Main and Center streets. The studies are structured for seven weeks; the book costs $15. For additional information, please contact Melody Greene or Ena Reed. ObituariesHarry E. W. Hodges Jr.Harry E. Hodges Jr., 50, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at his residence in Perry. Mr. Hodges was born Nov. 8, 1962, in West Palm Beach to Harry and Patricia (Parker) Hodges. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and shing, and working on vehicles. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Hodges) Nickerson, and her husband Nick of Marianna; two sisters, Denise Haley of South Carolina and Catherine Griggs of Marianna; and one brother, Jimmy Hodges of West Palm Beach. No services are planned at this time. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. The First Baptist Church of Jena will begin its AWANA program on Sept. 4 at 6:20 p.m. We are serving pizza that night and inviting all the parents to join us for our kick-off celebration. If you have any questions, please call Betty Beck at (352) 498-5766. Kick-off is Wednesday for Jena

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